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Columns

  • COLUMN: Explore county’s GIS

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I suspect not that many Perry Countians knew the name Roger Tomlinson before perhaps hearing news reports about his death Feb. 9.

    Called the father of geographic information systems, the UK-born geographer’s concept of overlaying layers of map data is used by many of us everyday, from the GIS mapping systems in our cars that guide us to our destinations to the hand-held devices that show us exactly where we are.

  • Conservation can ease the propane shortage

    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74
    State Representative

    Because of our harsh winter, which has affected all of us throughout Indiana and the Midwest in general, our state is facing a real propane crisis. I have been getting a number of calls regarding this shortage and how it is affecting our community.

    Recently the governor held a press conference with Lt. Gov.

  • Balancing liberty and security is a never-ending challenge

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government’s expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties.

  • Sidetracked by Siri

     

    Trina Severson

    Feature Writer

    lifestyles@perry countynews.com

     

    A few weeks ago, I was on my way to visit a friend in a neighboring town. It was my first time in the area, so, although his house would have been easy to find off the main highway I was traveling, I punched in the address on my phone’s maps feature and blindly began following its suggested course.

  • Don’t miss out online

     

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I’m occasionally asked about the Perry County News’ website, which thousands of people visit every week for news, sports, features and opinion pieces, perhaps even, from time to time, this column.

  • Remembering Buddy

    By Dr. Mary Posner
    Guest Columnist

    Buddy Posner, a small dog with a big heart, passed away Jan. 9, 2014. During his brief life of 10 years, he went to my therapy office in Rockport almost every day.  Although he had no formal training as a therapy dog, he intuitively knew when clients needed some extra comfort or just a furry body to pet during times of stress.

  • Nation’s efforts against poverty must not be abandoned

    Larry Kleeman
    Guest Columnist

    Fifty years ago, on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson used his State of the Union address to call on our nation to launch an “unconditional war on poverty,” a national commitment resulting in programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Pell grants, expansions to Social Security and nutrition assistance.

    Some policy makers will claim that we launched this war, and poverty won, as our nation today struggles with 46.5 million people under the federal poverty line, about $23,500 for a family of four.

  • Cheers for St. Blaise

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    Today is the feast of St. Blaise and I suspect many Perry Countians had their throats blessed at church this past weekend. I planned to attend church so hopefully I was among the faithful lining up to have a pair of candles placed under my double chin while a priest offered a simple prayer.

  • Sen. Young: Propane shortage demands action

    Richard Young
    District 47
    State Senator

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, more than 7 percent of Indiana households use liquefied petroleum gases, LPG or propane, to heat their home. In southern Indiana, the vast majority of homes and businesses use propane, especially in rural areas.

    This winter has been exceptionally cold, highlighting the importance of keeping the flow of propane uninterrupted.

  • Generation gap: Gene Lyons

    WHITAKER LYONS
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Editor’s note: The Perry County News is publishing a series of interviews conducted by eighth-graders in Joyce Stath’s English class at Tell City Junior-Senior High School. The interviews are of people one or two generations older than students. Today’s column is by Whitaker Lyons, who profiles her grandfather, Gene Lyons.